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Citrix to Buy Bytemobile

Bytemobile makes data and video optimization solutions for mobile network operators

Citrix said Thursday that it has arranged to buy privately held Bytemobile for a mystery sum to get leverage in the global mobile data and video infrastructure market as LTE rolls out.

Bytemobile makes data and video optimization solutions for mobile network operators.

Citrix said the acquisition, expected to close in Q3, would give it a strategic foothold in the core infrastructure of more than 130 mobile operators in 60 countries around the world, extending its market reach, and enhancing its broader strategy of powering mobile "workstyles" and cloud services.

Its customers reportedly serve more than two billion subscribers and process more than 20 petabytes of data traffic a day through customer networks. Its solutions enable mobile operators to differentiate data service plans based on factors such as user experience and subscriber usage.

Citrix expects to be able to cross-sell solutions while helping operators manage the exponential growth of mobile network traffic.

Earlier this year Bytemobile's Smart Capacity technology was combined with the Citrix NetScaler line of cloud networking solutions. The pair collaborated to deliver the Bytemobile T1100 Traffic Director, which helps operators scale next-generation mobile networks and apps with the application delivery intelligence and performance of the NEBS-compliant Citrix NetScaler platform.

Citrix reckons the integration of Bytemobile will enable it to extend its value proposition to the edge of the network, bringing content closer to the end user.

Bytemobile, which has approximately 300 employees globally, including product, sales and services teams, will form an independent new Service Provider Platforms team inside the Citrix Cloud Networking product group.

The company has gotten at least $56 million in funding since it started in 2000 from such as Trident Capital, Benchmark Capital, NovaFund Advisors and S1 Capital Partners.

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